Evil Twin Room Number 603 - Evil Twin Brewing
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.26/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
We crack the top and pour a brew of the deepest molasses brown into our large tasting snifters. It lets up minimal light around the edges or towards the bottom. As soon as the liquid hits the glass it explodes into a tight medium brown foam, like lava spewing from a science fair volcano. It reaches a peak of four fingers high, molding into mountains and valleys. This retains for quite some time, before leaving thick sheets of lacing all around the glass. No haze is seen, but little flecks of sediment are noted to bounce off the glass from time to time. Carbonation appears to be moderate. Once the effervescence of the foam cuts enough for you to get a good whiff, the aroma blows notes of dark chocolate nibs, roasty coffee and chocolate malt mash, soft cherry fruitiness, medicinal phenols, and authentic bourbon booziness up the nostrils. With warmth comes the addition of oaky woodiness and buttery diacetyls, molasses sugars, black leather, chalk, bright metallics, a starker more fusel alcohol quality, smoked anise, and burnt ham rind. Our first impression is that the flavoring carries a bright smokiness to it, helping to contrast nicely with the surprising residual sugars, dark malt base, and drying chalky backbone. As we sip, bitter cocoa, burnt smoky charcoal, soured woodiness, musk and moss, mineral and gravel, faint grassy hops, light banana esters, ham meatiness, phenolic clove and medicine, and general chocolate malt graininess. The middle comes to a transitory peak of brown and milk chocolate sugars, buttery diacetyls, molasses twang, sweet dark cherries, and lactic creaminess, helping to blend and cut that initial bittering bite. The ending wash comes with sea saltiness, gritty earthiness, revived dark roast and char of standard barley, coffee, brown, and chocolate malts, medicinal phenols, clove and black pepper, stinging booze, wood and resiny bark, graphite, straw, plum and fig sugars, and parchment paper dryness. The aftertaste breathes with chalky yeast, dark chocolates, syrupy figs, those aromatics leathers and smokes, tobacco leafiness, organic pepper vegetals, oat, brown and chocolate malt roast, salt water taffy, noodle starchiness, bourbon, and chalked cocoa powder. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, with wet foaminess coating the mouth fully, and leaving it dripping wet and salivating. Each sip gives excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The wetness eventually drips away into the softest contributory pucker, and contrasting chalky astringency streaking across the hard palate and anterior tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its smooth, cream, and satiating mouthfeel. At first pour the liquid, quite literally, exploded into a foamy cascade of bubbles. This gave an entertaining start to the process of breaking this guy down. The aroma gave bitterness, but this was smooth and even, with nice bourbon character, smoke, and depth of maltiness. The flavored followed nicely, giving all those bittered notes up front, allowing for the sweetness to build behind it and crash through as the peak of the swallow to blend. By the end of the sip these two forces found harmony, ending on a pleasant, not too bittering, not too puckering, not too boozering note. The feel was glorious throughout, remaining soft, silky, sticky, and hearty. This is a great beer, and although we haven’t had the opportunity to taste the base stock, it marks yet another memorable example of what Evil Twin can do with stouts, and what they can do with wood.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 02:16:17 | More by TheBrewo
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3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured this from a bottle to a snifter glass.
An inky black body that allows no light to pass through. If you could see through the body, you would undoubtedly see very active carbonation rising throughout. The mocha-colored head on this beer is massive, and is supported by a constant stream of bubbles rising up and creating on odd, uneven pattern along the bottom of the head. The head compacts slowly over time, but never dies away. There is no lacing left behind.
The smell is weak when cold, but as it warms, the aroma intensifies more. It has a oaky, smokey, roasted aroma, with hints of cocoa and coffee throughout. Fairly straightforward, and nothing unique, but decently executed
The flavor echos the aroma, with a mild boubon-like flavor in the exhale. The carbonation is indeed quite full, and lifts the body considerably. I actually think I prefer less carbonation in a big beer, despite how much I like a good head on my beer. The sweetness is kept in check, with a healthy amount of bitterness in the finish. Notes of oak and smoke come through across the palate. The carbonation is so bubbly, that it makes me think that they used a Belgian yeast strain to make this beer.
I like the beer, but this doesn't stand out as one of the better barrel-aged beers that I've had the pleasure of drinking. It seems to be a tad excessive on the bubbles, and I think that effected the mouthfeel and feeling of the beer itself. I would also highly recommend allowing the beer to warm to just below room temperature before consuming.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 17:01:19 | More by MusicaleMike
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York, NY
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and dark chocolate in the nose along with some notes of bourbon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and the flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: The flavors of bourbon in this beer aren’t really strong, but I liked how they helped to add some complexities to the smell and taste without masking the other aromas or flavors.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2012 23:14:55 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Evil Twin Room Number 603, 1 pt 0.9 fl oz bottle bought at Whole Foods Tribeca for $11.99.
This is a bourbon barrel-aged version of Christmas Eve At a New York City Hotel Room.
Appearance: I tried to pour the Room into my Lost Abbey chalice and it was a ginormous carbonated fail. Nothing but foam! About two dollars per layer. WTF. Then I transferred it to a wine glass and got a more normal looking beer: two fingers of a nice auburn-colored head, plus serious lacing and retention. The head never went completely away.
Smell: Very rich and enticing, with lots of smoke, ham, peat, roastiness and a hike in the forest after a copious rain. Chocolate, sugar, coffee. Sweet booze.
Taste: More hops in the mouth and less smoke, but also more of that woodsy bourbon flavor I crave in a beer like this. Hops shine and tingle the lips. Some dairy, raw and unpasteurized from a small farm in Denmark. Coffee at the end. Bourbon barrel? I say peated scotch whisky.
Mouthfeel: Hugely carbonated, that goes without saying! Full body and flavor too. Sticky finish. A little too dry.
Overall: I love the taste and smell of this beer, but I am put off by the outrageous carbonation and ridiculous price tag. My rating reflects that. If it were, say, six or seven dollars, it'd be a different story. $11.99? Get me outta here! I also wish the bourbon flavor were stronger.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2012 02:43:07 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Evil Twin Room Number 603 from Evil Twin Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.